Special Issue "Climate Change and Building Energy Efficiency"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 1213

Special Issue Editors

School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
Interests: low-energy buildings; ZEB, TRNSYS; building energy saving
Construction Research Centre, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Interests: climate-resilient buildings; weather research and forecasts (WRF); computational fluid dynamics (CFD); building energy saving; ventilation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The building sectors are estimated to be responsible for 30-40% of the total global energy consumption and 20% of the global greenhouse gas emissions; therefore, improving the energy efficiency of infrastructure is critical to solving the climate crisis. Considering that building and construction assets are typically designed to last for several decades or even centuries, the resiliency of the buildings and their energy systems to climate change should be evaluated and improved. Building designs and energy-saving interventions should be reconsidered under different climate scenarios, specifically future scenarios, to evaluate the robustness of these strategies and to determine their potential risks.

In this Special Issue, articles on topics such as climate change’s impacts on buildings, mitigation of climate change effects on infrastructure, building energy saving  and performance evaluations for future climate predictions, net-zero energy buildings, climate-resilient building and so on are of interest. This Special Issue intends to act as a forum for the dissemination of the latest research and developments in climate-resilient buildings and energy saving in the context of the future climate.

Prof. Dr. Zhiyong Tian
Dr. Chang Shu
Guest Editor

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  • climate change
  • resilient
  • solar energy
  • sustainability
  • net zero energy
  • urban climate
  • future climate
  • energy saving
  • renewable energy
  • building simulation

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Improvement Options of a Social Housing Prototype in Different Climate Zones in Ecuador
Buildings 2022, 12(7), 989; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12070989 - 11 Jul 2022
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Ecuador is a country with several climate zones. The zones’ characteristics are very different; however, there are social housing prototypes used in all the territories. This study constitutes the second part of the analysis of a social housing prototype in four zones (Cfb, [...] Read more.
Ecuador is a country with several climate zones. The zones’ characteristics are very different; however, there are social housing prototypes used in all the territories. This study constitutes the second part of the analysis of a social housing prototype in four zones (Cfb, Af, Aw, and BSh) in both the current climate situation (2020) and its projection to 2050. Improvement measures from the original dwelling block have been proposed according to the initial diagnosis, considering seven passive performance variants. A total of 56 dynamic simulations have been performed for both the current and 2050 climate scenario. The results have shown that, depending on the climate zone, improvement measures differently influence comfort ranges. In addition, the behaviour of the dwellings on the upper floor is different from those on the ground floor. This study is a starting point to show that prototype solutions of social housing should be adapted with various improvement measures and should be based on specific requirements according to their location to achieve acceptable comfort levels. Full article
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